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Making a Splash at ICRS!

The last couple of weeks were a bit of a whirlwind. July 14th kicked off the annual ICRS (International Christian Retail Show) event in Orlando, FL. Each day was jammed packed full of meetings, interviews and book signings. Our enthusiastic publishers (Warner Press) pulled out all of the stops on our behalf and really made us feel like the stars of the show. For those of you who aren't aware of what ICRS is all about, it is the primary trade show where publishers present their latest offerings to Christian and family-friendly bookstores and licensee's around the globe.

Allan and I felt very blessed to be able to attend for the fourth year in a row. This time, we were given the royal treatment and were able to take part in a lot of fun stuff. Here's a short list of some of the highlights of our trip:

  • Book signing for Ten-Gallon Sam

  • Trying to keep up with a line over 100 people long for our 2-hour Hunter Brown book signing (sorry if we had to turn you away at the end)

  • Seeing a giant 20 foot banner promoting our novel

  • Seeing our book promoted on the back of each show bulletin

  • Several interviews by radio stations and TV

  • Seeing one of the characters we created in our latest novel as a real-life costumed character along side Bob & Larry, 3-2-1 Penguins, the Bernstein Bears
  • Chris nearly tackling Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungee
  • Meeting some really cool movie execs who are interested in our book
  • Signing books FOR renowned fantasy fiction author Bryan Davis (Dragons in our Midst)
  • Dinner with Chris Waters of Angel Wars fame
  • Personally giving away 200 Hunter Brown backpacks to booksellers
  • Meeting Ben Stein (producer and star of the recent "Expelled" movie)
  • Meeting "President Bush"

Here's a short photo snippet of our journey for you to enjoy!

Signing the Hunter Brown book for one of our young fans.
I asked Ben Stein for his money - but apparently somebody else already won it.
Not too many authors get endorsed by a "president".
He said he liked the book because it was easy to read.
One of the many interviews.

Signing a book for Bryan Davis, author the extraordinarily
successful Dragon's in Our Midst series

But after all the meetings had been made and the conference wound to a close, I must say my favorite part of all was receiving a special letter from one of the parents of the children who had acquired a copy of our Hunter Brown book at the show. She left the hand written letter at the Warner Press booth and it read as follows:

Dear Miller Brothers,

My Son Marek is thrilled with your book. The first thing out of his mouth this morning: "I couldn't put that book down last night. I love it! I stayed up past my bedtime."

He went on to tell me all he's read so far. I've never seen him so animated over a novel.

Thank you for your awesome novel. I'm sure its going to change Marek's view about reading. A mother's dream!

Thanks again,

Melissa

P.S. Can't wait to read it myself!

It's a message like this that makes all the long hours of writing completely worth it. Thanks for the message, Melissa. You really encouraged us as well.

3 comments:

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Saw you at the ICRS!! It was so cool, I got a copy of Hunter Brown. =) I think I was number 99 in that very long line, but the wait was so worth it!

angela

What an awesome experience! I heard from most attendees that ICRS wasn't as excited as in years past, but it sounds like you had an amazing time. And I'm very impressed with Warner. I'm still praying that they choose to acquire my picture book this month. I also got an invitation to your book signing this weekend. I'm actually going to be in Washington, so I'll see if I can make it. I definitely want a signed copy of the first book in the Hunter Brown series.

ImageBearer

Hey guys! Well done! We love Hunter around here. Christianna read in a couple of hours and proclaimed repeatedly, "I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!"

I'm so glad God provided even the few minutes we got to chat at ICRS. You encourage me. Thank you.

Robin